Report: Lakers claim C Tarik Black, waive F Xavier Henry
The Lakers released injured forward Xavier Henry to clear a spot for Black. Henry suffered a season-ending torn Achilles last month. The four-year veteran was coming off his best season in 2013-14, as he averaged 10.0 points and 21.1 minutes per game, both career-highs.
Black, a 6'11 forward and, like Henry, a former Kansas Jayhawks star, went undrafted but had impressed during early-seaon action. In 25 games (12 starts), Black averaged 4.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 15.7 minutes per game.
According to Wojnarowski, the Rockets attempted to trade a player to clear a roster spot for Smith, but chose to release Black instead. Black has a non-guaranteed contract for $500,000 this season, and the Lakers will also have a team option of $845,000 for next season.
The Lakers have opened the season 9-21.
- Mike Fiammetta